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Takeda transfers HPV vaccine rights as it continues globalization push

Takeda has been singing a globalization mantra when it comes to its vaccines unit, and that's already led it to dump one R&D program as it zeroes in on "higher impact" public health endeavors. Now, it's bowing out of another vaccine program--this time for HPV.

Arrowhead acquires Novartis' RNAi assets, but Alnylam CEO calls them 'unuseful.' Who's right?

RNAi leaders Alnylam and Arrowhead Research are publicly disagreeing over the value of Novartis' RNAi assets. Arrowhead acquired the assets, including the rights to three preclinical candidates, for $35 million. Alnylam CEO John Maraganore said the assets were "pretty unuseful."

Sanofi backs pitch to turn Marseille into an immunotherapy R&D hub

The French city of Marseille has staked its claim for a corner of the booming immunotherapy R&D ecosystem. And the plan has some big-name backers, with Sanofi and Innate Pharma both signing up as founders of the MI-mAbs immunotherapy research center in the city.

Texas Medical Center adds 20+ device companies to its incubator

Houston is synonymous with oil and gas, but the inaugural class of the Texas Medical Center's TMCx accelerator attests to the city's med tech ambitions. Essentially, all of the 22 startups are in the device or health IT arena. There isn't a pure-play drug developer in the mix.

Apple's new ResearchKit: Disruptive force in R&D or flashy red herring?

ResearchKit, Apple's new health platform, promises to transform the world's hundreds of millions of iPhones into handheld gatherers of clinical data, which some say will usher in a new era of biomedical science but could well amount to more questions than answers.

Drawing blood glucose sensors on your body: The future of diagnostics?

It's one of those ideas that sounds wacky and way out there, but researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have apparently found a way to draw a blood glucose sensor onto a patient's skin using regular ballpoint pen.

Apple announces open-source data-collection platform for mobile medical apps

In typical Apple style, CEO Tim Cook announced the debut of its open-source platform for creating mobile medical apps while standing in front of a black background at a glitzy event in San Francisco. But the news contained substance too, at least from a med tech perspective.

ACRO's advisory council chimes in on Big Pharma's R&D supergroup

The Association of Clinical Research Organizations (ACRO) assembled a group of CRO leaders to advise TransCelerate BioPharma, a nonprofit group run by the biggest names in drug development.

Altasciences partners up for early-stage R&D

Canadian CRO conglomerate Altasciences struck a deal with preclinical researcher ITR Laboratories, joining forces to create a discovery-to-development offering for drugmakers.

Contractor Almac gets into the clinic with a candidate of its own

Contract drug developer Almac has reached a milestone in its efforts to develop in-house therapeutics, taking its top prospect into Phase I trials.